Oregon OSHA has enacted two rules dealing with weather-caused heat exposure and exposure to smoke resulting from wildfires. There's no question that exposure to both of these can pose serious health hazards, and we would expect the likelihood of these problems to get worse over time. The new OSHA rules require employers to monitor both heat and air quality. Once action levels are exceeded, employers must institute specific administrative and engineering controls. For heat exposure, employers must provide shade, water, and adjusted work/rest schedules. Smoke exposure can be controlled using respirators, air filtration systems, and suspending outdoor work operations depending...
Students in our Confined Space Rescue Team Leader class (May 3-7, Sahuarita, Arizona) learn that a descender (like the Petzl I'D or CMC Clutch) is essential for mainline raising and lowering operations. The ability to grab and release rope under control (when lowering) and then act as a pulley (when raising) provides teams with an effective tool to conduct technical rope operations. For decades, the Petzl I'D has been one of the most common descenders and we have used it extensively in class. But there are several others out there as well. In addition to the MPD, CMC Rescue recently...
Descender FAQ Q: What types of descenders are available and how do you know which one to choose?A: Like rope grabs there are a zillion descender and friction control devices on the market. Friction control devices (descenders) are as old as mankind. They can be as simple as adding a bunch of wraps around a tree or as complex as the MPD. All of them accomplish their goal of applying friction at a slow and controlled speed. Friction control is a key physical component in rigging. We’re trying to overcome friction during the hauling process, and we’re trying to use...
May 1, 2020 – Similar to businesses all across the country, D2000 Safety has been profoundly impacted by the pandemic. We are fortunate in that we are all healthy and will be able to keep our team intact for the foreseeable future.
Here is how the pandemic is affecting our operations.
January 21, 2020
A number of our classes focus on developing the skills and knowledge of safety trainers. Most of the focus in these classes is developing the technical knowledge needed to present the information. But we also spend time in our Confined Space Train-the-Trainer and our Fall Protection Competent Person classes talking about effectively presenting this information to students.
December 16, 2019
Whether you are inspecting fall arrest or rescue equipment, one of the issues you’ll confront is whether to retire the gear or return it to the cache. For students in both our rescue operations and fall protection competent person classes, being able to inspect equipment and answer this question is one of the key learning outcomes.
November 5, 2019
The purpose of a confined space (or any) written safety program is to guide behavior. When trained on the policy, workers are expected to make the right decisions and work in a safe manner.